This column is sponsored by Arlington Arts/Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development.
Collaboration has long been the cornerstone of the Columbia Pike Blues Festival, one of Arlington’s most highly-anticipated events, presented by the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization and programmed by Arlington Arts. This year a hybrid three-day Columbia Pike Blues Festival Weekend (Friday to Sunday, June 18, 19 and 20) combines live-streaming concerts and ticketed outdoor performances that will get you back into your summer groove!
Streaming concerts: 7:30 p.m. — June 18, 19 and 20
Three days of streaming concerts are a new feature made possible by a brand-new partnership with the popular “Live from The Rug Shop” Series sponsored by the Manoukian Brothers Oriental Rugs. The three concerts are:
- Friday, June 18 — Stacy Brooks
Stacy has been dubbed D.C.’s Queen of the Blues by her musical peers in Washington, D.C. She has multiple awards nominations under her belt and has won the D.C. Blues Battle of the Band and competed in the 30th Annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. More…
- Saturday, June 19 — Deletta Gillespie
Deletta Gillespie is a multi-disciplinary teaching and performing artist, playwright, and singer/songwriter. Her stage debut came in her mother’s nightclub act at age 6, and she’s been on stage ever since. Gillespie charms audiences with her energetic stage performances, and a voice that has been described as “soulfully beautiful.”
- Sunday, June 20 — Sol Roots Band
The Sol Roots band performs a mix of raw funk, deep blues, energetic rock, greasy soul and hypnotic grooves. Sol is a guitarist and vocalist who has toured with many roots, funk, blues and soul legends around the world as a part of Music Maker Revue. The band has shared the stage with acts such as Jon Cleary, Soulive, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, and many more. Sol Roots was awarded “Best Blues Act/Group” 2019 by The Wammies/The MusicianShip. “Sol performs a soulful blend of rock and blues, with a natural stage presence” — Jambase
Live Ticketed Concerts: Saturday, June 19
Fillmore Shopping Center (2705 Columbia Pike)
Get your groove on at your choice of three separate live outdoor performances. Access to the individual concerts will require a ticket. The venue will be cleared following each act to prepare for the next audience group. Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, June 3 at 11 a.m. for a donation of your choosing to the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO).
- 1 p.m. — Robin Kapsalis, Vintage#18
The first thing you notice when Vintage#18 hits the stage is Robbin Kapsalis’ white glass beaded fringe dress and white knee-hi boots as she sways on stage creating a hypnotic visual with the soul foundation of her voice: something between a Gladys Knight and Anita Baker. Mark Wenner of The Nighthawks says, “Robbin is a whirlwind of soulful excitement backed by one of the tightest trios in the trade.”
- 2:30 p.m. — Cheick Hamala Diabate
A D.C. staple when it comes to local authentic African musicians, Cheick brings his traditional West African plucked lute to the stage to please audiences that have included world leaders and the U.S. Congress. He also plays a mean banjo and guitar and has recorded and toured with American folk musicians, including banjo player Bob Carlin, a partnership that led to a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional World Music Album.
- 4 p.m. — Carly Harvey
Based out of Washington, D.C., Carly Harvey combines Blues, Jazz, Soul, & Americana roots styles to create a unique sound that calls to mind Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Nina Simone, with a little Ella Fitzgerald thrown in for good measure.
For links to the streaming concerts and to purchase tickets to one of Saturday’s three live performances, visit the Columbia Pike website.
Good Friday evening, Arlington. Let’s take a look back at today’s stories and a look forward to tomorrow’s event calendar. 🕗 News recap The following articles were published earlier today…
A former ABC News producer whose Columbia Pike apartment was raided by the FBI last year has been sentenced. James Gordon Meek, 53, pleaded guilty in July to transportation and…
Metrorail service was suspended on the Blue and Yellow lines today after a train derailed.
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At Generation Hope, we’re dedicated to supporting teen parents in college as they work toward earning their degrees. We are in need of caring child care volunteers for upcoming events on Saturday, October 21st (in Washington, DC), and Saturday, November 4th (in Arlington, VA). Join our growing volunteer community and support us at an event this fall!
At all of our events, we provide free onsite child care for the children of the teen parents we serve, creating a nurturing environment for the kiddos while their parents learn valuable life skills and build community.
If you enjoy working with children and are looking to make an immediate impact in your community, please visit https://www.generationhope.org/volunteer to learn more.
Join us for Arlington’s biggest civil rights & social justice event of the year. The banquet is back in person at the Arlington Campus of George Mason University.
Our keynote speaker this year is Symone Sanders from MSNBC and former Chief of Staff for Vice-President Kamala Harris.
The Master of Ceremonies is Joshua Cole, former state delegate, NAACP President, and local pastor.
Tickets/seating are limited. Purchase your ticket today! Sponsorship opportunities available.
Cody Chance and Dick Nathan of Long & Foster are hosting an online workshop on the topic of “down-sizing” Wednesday, October 4 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Every great endeavor begins with a great plan. This workshop will give you the tools